With time comes wisdom and great hair! Since the start of my vintage style journey about 4 years ago, (God, I’m getting old!!) I have made such progress in hairstyling. My hair used to be a hot experimental mess and I thought I totally had it down… Haha. Oh young Ginger, little did you know about the marvelous world of vintage hairstyling, thinking any hairspray would do, didn’t know about wetsets, proper brush outs, and the right cut and care for your hair!
Oh yes we see some progress here… So without sounding like I am a hair master (because I definitely am NOT) and you are little grasshoppers, I do want to share some advice with you that will make your start or process easier or maybe even be your finishing touches to what you already have discovered. So here are some tips and secrets of mine when it comes to creating vintage hairstyles.
- Get the right equipment.
As my dad used to say when he would DIY around the house; ‘Using good material is half of the work’. What is the first thing I would recommend? Good brushes. My daily instruments are a simple paddle brush, rat tail comb, a boar bristle smoothing brush and as an extra I have a boar bristle paddle brush.
These brushes don’t have to be expensive at all. You might want to invest a bit more in the boar bristle ones.
Whether you like to wetset or hot tong your hair, you will need pincurl clips in various sizes. Smaller ones for the flat pincurls, medium ones for your bangs and large ones (as large as you can get them) for the brushout. These are a must-have and are easy to find in any beauty supply store.
- Use the right products for your hair.
So this one is a little more tricky and requires some trial and error, finding out what you like and dislike and what works best for you. My recommendations are definitely the Suavecita Pomade and their Grooming Spray for sale at Vintage Hair NL, Lottabody setting lotion and a good strong ultra hold hairspray that works for you. I love Big Sexy Hair hairspray. This hairspray can easily be found on amazon.
- Take good care of your hair.
Your hair is going to take a lot of strain when you style it everyday, wether you heat style or not. Brushouts can get pretty rough and you will need your hair to be as strong as possible. You will experience lots of product buildup from all the styling products and especially hairspray. So in short, it’s important to take good care of your tresses. I avoid shampoos and conditioners that contain silicones. This will only weigh down your hair and will not rinse away the product buildup! I am a MASSIVE Lush Handmade Cosmetics fan. I used to work for them as a wee 16 y.o. Ginger and never lost my love for their products and the knowledge they gave me when it comes to haircare during the many trainings I have had. Some amazing shampoos to get rid of buildup are Rehab, Big, and basically all of their shampoo bars. Their hair masks are also divine, make sure to check them out. I LOVE Jasmin and Henna Fluff Ease for my ginger locks.
But another simple method of hydrating and reinforcing your hair to avoid breakage is using Coconut Oil. Get yourself a jar of this good stuff and soak your hair for a good while or even overnight to make your hair shiny and strong.
- Practice makes perfect!
Now that you know some of my tips and tricks, go out and try all those amazing hairstyles. Youtube is a great source!! I have a video out on how I do my brushout, check out the amazing Miss Victory Violet, PinupDollAshleyMarie, The Cherry Dollface and many many more! This is how I learned. Give yourself time and don’t expect amazing results the first time you try something new out. Have fun with it!
So good luck and make sure to let me know what you think of these tips and tricks, let me know in the comments what your essential tips and tricks are!
Lots of love, xoxox
Miss Ginger Tulips